No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger News and Notes * This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Penske Dodge team will race chassis PRS-604 during Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series road course race in California. PRS-604 has been raced twice during the 2009 season.
No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger News and Notes
* This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Penske Dodge team will race chassis PRS-604 during Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series road course race in California. PRS-604 has been raced twice during the 2009 season. The first coming at Auto Club Speedway in late February, when driver David Stremme crossed the finish line in the 13th spot. The second came at Texas Motor Speedway in early April, when the No.12 Penske Dodge finished in the 14th position.
* Tested and Approved... Stremme and the No.12 Penske Dodge team, along with Penske Racing teammates Kurt Busch and Sam Hornish Jr., tested at Virginia International Raceway on Tuesday, June 9 in preparation for Sunday's 219-mile event.
* Number 90 and Counting... Stremme, the South Bend, Ind. native, made his 90th career start in NASCAR's premiere series last Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. The 31-year-old driver made his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway on July 10, 2005.
* Birthday Boy... On Friday, June 19, Stremme will celebrate his 32nd birthday
David Stremme on driving at Infineon Raceway
"I am eager to get out to Infineon Raceway. We have worked really hard on our road course package over the last several months and have made some real gains. Kurt [Busch] is really strong at the road courses and I have used him as a resource. The goal is to keep our Dodge Charger on the course all day and I am confident we will have a strong run in the Penske Dodge. This team has done a tremendous job all year. We just can't catch a break. I am really looking forward to going back to tracks for the second time. [Crew chief] Roy [McCauley] now has a notebook to go off of as a baseline. We will go back with setups that cater to my driving style and will have more time during practice to fine tune our machine."
Crew chief Roy McCauley on racing at Infineon Raceway
"The key to success at Infineon Raceway is keeping all four tires on the pavement all day long. David [Stremme] has worked extremely hard on his road course skills over the last couple of months and has made tremendous improvements. Road course racing is very technical. As a driver, you have to be able to do multiple things at one time. We only get two stops to adjust on the car so we need to be strong right out of the gate. I think all the testing we have done will really pay dividends when it comes down to the race. I am looking forward to the race and getting our Penske Dodge a strong result."